P90X Certification Review
I’m very pleased to announce that both Monica and I are now P90X Certified Trainers! We were very honored and excited to be included with the second class to go through this amazing weekend. I want to give you a little P90X Certification review and go over what I feel we learned.
P90X Certification Training
The P90X Certification training lasts two days. The P90X Master Instructors begin by providing you with an in depth understanding of how P90X is designed. I was floored by their presentation. I’ve been doing P90X on and off since 2004, and I’ve coached literally hundreds of people through the program and I definitely learned new info.
The course educated me about why Tony Horton designed the schedule the way he did. There are three major adaptations that can occur in the body – neuromuscular, cardiorespiratory and metabolic. P90X is designed to allow each of these to occur, which is why you don’t see a lot of people that end up with huge muscular gains from the program. That’s not what it is designed for. It’s also designed to keep those adaptations happening by regularly changing the training stimulus the body is subjected to. As a result, the body’s natural potential is maximized. Great stuff!
We then moved into an in depth discussion of the Kinetic Chain and the primary energy sources used by the body. On several occasions, we moved into the gym so the Master Instructors could show us the major movements involved in P90X and how to queue them for our individual clients/customers.
Day 2 began with a nutritional seminar. We learned the ins and outs of the P90X Nutrition Guide. This is information that I’ve become pretty comfortable with over the last several years, because it’s typically what people struggle with the most and where we add the most value. Nonetheless, there were more gems of wisdom that I gained, particularly in the science involving pre- and post-workout fuel. After another session in the gym learning how to conduct a proper Day 1/30/60 Fit Test, we took the exam.
There are two parts to the P90X Certification exam—written and practical. The information was presented to us in a way that made them difficult to fail unless you had not paid attention. During the written exam, we were quizzed on all aspects of the manual. The practical exam required us to properly queue a movement selected by the Master Instructor. Form has always been important to me, so I felt this was pretty easy.
What I Learned
Wow, my P90X training is going to change! I’ve always understood the difference between training for cardiovascular endurance and muscle bulk – and, I’m really a cardio guy. That feeds into my cycling and triathlon and keeps me lean, which is how I want to look. But, it would be a mistake for me to ignore the neuromuscular adaptations that are possible.
One of the key takeaways from the weekend for me was “time under tension” (TUT). TUT is basically a way of describing the time your muscles are under a given stress. Building muscular strength and power requires a shorter TUT, while building muscular endurance and cardiovascular strength requires a longer TUT. Both adaptations are important to me, and I get a lot of cardio done while I’m on the bike and during my triathlon training, but what I’m really looking for is endurance.
I’m going to experiment with TUT as I prepare for this year’s San Diego International Triathlon. This year I’m working with Ryan Chapman, a triathlon coach at Base Training. Ryan has given me a six-week plan to prepare for the race [I’m doing the Ultimate Reset Cleanse prior to that and can’t undertake any strenuous exercise]. I’m really excited to get going with my training and apply what I learned at P90X Certification. I know it’s going to make me a better athlete and a better Coach.
After reading my P90X Certification review, I hope you consider doing it yourself. Did I mention that you don’t have to be a Coach to do it???
If you don’t already have a Coach and you’re doing P90X, let’s connect. I would be thrilled to pass along the information the awesome information I got, so you have an even better experience with this powerful fitness program.